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I saw this one and 4 others at a local pawn shop. It spoke to me all night in my dreams. Ya'll tell me what I did, please.
It looks to be an older 30-30 336 RC . Serial#S1xxx. Walnut stock and straight grip. Has Iron Sighter with 3x9 x 50 (!) Boresighter scope. I will take the scope off and put it on something else. I want a low power scope with wide field of view mounted close to bore. Rifle has character and didn't belong in the pawn shop. I hope I didn't do bad! BTW trigger is silver or coin finish. Also whole gun needs cleaning. Looks to have micro groove rifling. I will clean it but likely not refinish anything as I like the patina it has. Your thoughts please. Will try to post a pic later.
 

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Nice rifle. 1958 date of manufacture. Chunk that big, clunky scope and put something more appropriate on it, just like you said. A low power Weaver or a peep.

Give it a good cleaning and then shoot it as is. It'll make you a great hunting/homeland defense/pleasure rifle.

With best regards,
 

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LC '92 said:
Nice rifle. 1958 date of manufacture. Chunk that big, clunky scope and put something more appropriate on it, just like you said. A low power Weaver or a peep.

Give it a good cleaning and then shoot it as is. It'll make you a great hunting/homeland defense/pleasure rifle.

With best regards,
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Get that clunky scope off that thing off that fine rifle.
 

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You did good. No need to fight the demons over buying that one. Rescope it and enjoy.
 

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Thanks guys your comments make me feel better, because I read so much last night that I wasn't sure of what I was doing. I wasn't the cheapest nor the most expensive either, but was the one that caught my eye. There is a Glenfield there that was the most expensive. It appeared to be good shape, but I've never liked pressed checkering. There was also an almost new looking 336 I could get for 265$ including tax. I put a few dollars more in this one but not a lot. Now to clean it up some!
 

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Pinenut,
Looks like you did real well.Thats a 336T "TEXAN" made in 1959 according to my info.It was factory D&T.I would toss the see thrus also.The RC had a pistol grip stock.The 336T also has a slimmer forend then the RC.Does it have a saddle ring on the left side of the reciever?Does the front sight have a ramp?A real sweet find.Good shootin!!
 

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I like the rifle! Believe you got a good one.

You may be able to swap those rings and that scope to Halwg... ;D
 

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Pinenut,
Looks like you did real well.Thats a 336T "TEXAN" made in 1959 according to my info.It was factory D&T.I would toss the see thrus also.The RC had a pistol grip stock.The 336T also has a slimmer forend then the RC.Does it have a saddle ring on the left side of the reciever?Does the front sight have a ramp?A real sweet find.Good shootin!!
On the barrel markings in script: The Marlin Firearms Co. NEW HAVEN CONN U.S.A.
MICRO-GROOVE BARREL
EST.1870 - model 336 R.C. CAL. .30-30
It has no "T", was probably fact D&T. It is a straight stock! It has slimmer forend. No saddle ring! Front sight has a ramp, but no cover. Do I have a hybrid? Right side at receiver end of barrel has mark of "JM" enclosed in an oval. Serial # S10528, and is under the lever. I liked the skinny forend! That is all I can tell you about it. Thank you for the info!!
 

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Yup..real nice..put the scope on a varmint rig and get a new bullseye for the stock hole that the previous uninformed owner put the sling swivel stud through...after fitting your new trademark very carefully...you can look at pics of other guns to see where the swivel stud should really be and you can drill a pilot and reinstall it
 

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Pinenut,
Great looking rifle you got there. I did edit the serial number you posted. All you really need to post if you are going to is the letter prefix or the first two numbers.
 

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I don't think any of the Texans were roll stamped T or Texan, but I might be wrong. I know that some of the Texans were roll stamped RC. Yours certainly looks like a Texan to me. Nice find there.
 

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My RC from 1960 is just like yours..straight stock, oval loop, and thin forend...and only has RC 336 in the rollmark...nothing mentioning T or Texan but basically thats what it is to me...plus it was made the same year :D
 

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pinenut said:
On the barrel markings in script: The Marlin Firearms Co. NEW HAVEN CONN U.S.A.
MICRO-GROOVE BARREL
EST.1870 - model 336 R.C. CAL. .30-30
It has no "T", was probably fact D&T. It is a straight stock! It has slimmer forend. No saddle ring! Front sight has a ramp, but no cover. Do I have a hybrid? Right side at receiver end of barrel has mark of "JM" enclosed in an oval. Serial # S10528, and is under the lever. I liked the skinny forend! That is all I can tell you about it. Thank you for the info!!
Sure sounds correct to me.Straight stock,slimmer forend,no saddle ring in that year,ramp front sight with detachable hood(1959-most were pulled off and lost),D&T,microgroove barrel,serial # under lever,oval shaped lever,barrel bands.It is also my belief the barrels were stamped RC and I have not seen or heard to the contrary.
 

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Nice old "Texan" you got there Pinenut! I like it very much though, like others have stated, I'd lose the see-throughs and that monstrous scope and either go with open sights or a low power scope. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for sharing photos! That is a classic timber gun right there. :D
 

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Thanks every one of you for your help and for this fine MO site. I have now successfully cleaned a very dirty rifle! The bore shines like new money and I think everything including me feels better. I'm talking some serious crud. I started cleaning it Sat night and after doing just action and barrel I had to do the rest. I'm going to have to get a couple of replacement screws as the previous owner boogered them badly. Can I phone customer service and get replacements? I havent run any shells through her yet, but maybe soon. Started working on reducing the oil in the stock at the inlets today also.I think she's in pretty good shape, fro her age! ;D
 

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Women and wine get better with age, and so do Marlins. You did good there Pinenut ;) I completely understand what a Texan can do to your sense of self control. That little voice gets stared in your head and there is no denying it. Enjoy your new treasure. By the way, where is home to you? Down here in Georgia there are lots of pinenuts !
 
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